Reading is the way mankind delays the inevitable. Reading is the way we shake our fist at the sky. As long as we have these epic, improbable reading projects arrayed before us, we cannot breathe our last: Tell the Angel of Death to come back later; I haven’t quite finished Villette.
Children are not born with their hearts hardened in this fashion, not even Irish-Catholic children. They have to be taught by professionals.
KINDNESS IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN WISDOM; RECOGNITION OF THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF WISDOM. I have never found this to be the case. I’ve gotten this far being wise without being kind, and my feeling is: If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.
Books are a way of saying: This room seems to have more than its fair share of bozos in it.
Great writers say things that are so beautiful, the very act of repeating them makes life itself more beautiful.
He used books the same way he used alcohol: to pretend that he was not here, and if he was here, that he was happy for a change.
People who prefer e-books…think that books merely take up space. This is true, but so do your children and Prague and the Sistine Chapel.
A friend tells a story about taking his ten-year-old son to a Jets game. The game was being played during a driving rain on a freezing cold day, and the Jets lost by twenty points to a team they were supposed to beat. As they headed toward the exits, the boy looked up, with tears in his eyes, and asked, ‘Dad, why are we Jets fans?